Building Inclusive Communities Through Art
Fraser Street community services office mural event with Paintillio
The arts are an important part of how people share themselves and their stories. On Friday, February 2nd, we were excited to welcome the community into our Vancouver Community Services office to come together to contribute to a collaborative art piece created by our friends at Paintillio.
Together with Lyssa and Jess, the incredible and generous Creative Directors at Paintillio, we co-designed a 10 by 12-foot mural. The design was then fashioned into a paint-by-number scene, which covers the entire entrance wall at our Vancouver Community Services office.
We wanted to create an event that brought together our community to contribute to painting the piece. Our Building Inclusive Communities Through Art event welcomed our clients, staff, and community into our office to share stories, build relationships, and foster inclusive communities through art. Paintillio was on site facilitating the completion of the piece, and everyone was encouraged to contribute to make their mark on the legacy piece for the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland.
At the event we featured arts from around the community, including a photo booth, walk-through art gallery by the artists of MPA and YacTac, vendors from Megaphone magazine, truffle making with Ture Nosh, a stage featuring the music of JHS service users, and more!
The Arts can – and should – be accessible to everyone, and are an important part of how people share themselves and share their stories. We were so thankful to be able bring together our community – our service users, stakeholders, employees, neighbours and friends – to share stories, build relationships, and foster inclusive communities through art! The event was a tremendous success, and it is so inspiring to have a centerpiece in our new social service center that was truly a community collaboration.